Quick Hits: Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves, BET Awards, Lana Del Rey, Riot Fest, The Pretty Reckless, Nas, The Strokes, Phish
May 14, 2014

Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry.
Photo credit: Rick Diamond/WireImage
Katy Perry recently joined Country star Kacey Musgraves on the CMT Crossroads stage for an all-new episode that will premiere on Friday, June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.  During the one-hour program, the two stars perform together and swap lyrics and anecdotes. Taped live in Los Angeles, CMT Crossroads will feature exclusive collaborations of the singers' hits, including Perry's "Roar" and "Teenage Dream," and Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow" and "Merry Go Round." In addition to the CMT network, this episode of Crossroads also will air across multiple channels including VH1, MTV, MTV Hits and Palladia. Dates and times for those additional airings will be announced soon.

Beyoncé and Jay Z lead the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards with four nods each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twice ("Partition," "Drunk In Love"). In addition to Jay Z being nominated alongside Bey for Video of the Year and twice for Best Collaboration, he is also nominated for Best Male Hip Hop Artist. Drake, Chris Brown, Pharrell Williams and August Alsina follow with three nominations each. The award show will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, June 29 at 8 p.m. EST.

Lana Del Rey has set June 17 as the release date for her forthcoming album, Ultraviolence. It will be available as a standard edition or deluxe edition with three bonus tracks. A Collectors Box edition is also due for release. The box will include a Deluxe LP Picture disc, 2 x LPs on heavyweight vinyl, a Deluxe CD digi-pack and art prints.

Riot Fest will be celebrating its 10th anniversary by holding three events in three cities this year: Toronto's Riot Fest & Expo will happen on September 6-7 at Downsview Park, Chicago's edition takes place September 12-14 in Humboldt Park, and Denver's festival takes place September 19-21 at May Farms. Headliners at the various shows include The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, Rise Against, Weezer, the Flaming Lips, Offspring, Descendents, Cheap Trick, and more. Check out
www.riotfest.org for specific lineups for each city.

The Pretty Reckless will embark on the Going To Hell North American tour in the fall. The band will hit the road on September 10 in Boston and will wrap on November 8 in New York City. Adelitas Way will open for part of the tour with additional acts to be announced soon. The Pretty Reckless is currently on tour in support of their new album, Going To Hell, with upcoming festival dates including Rock On the Range, Rocklahoma, Rock Fest Kansas City, and more.

Tribeca Film has acquired the North American rights to the Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic, and the movie will get an October day-and-date release, which means the film will hit theaters, DVD and VOD on the same day. Nas will promote the release with special performances of his classic debut album, Illmatic, in select cities. The movie documents the making of that album, using vivid recollections from family members discussing Nas' upbringing and struggles.

The Strokes are set to play their first U.S. show in over three years in Port Chester, NY on May 31. This show comes ahead of the band's headlining set at this year's Governors Ball festival in New York on June 7. Frontman Julian Casablancas also will play a second Governors Ball set with his new backing band The Voidz, with whom he's expected to release a new album sometime this year.

Fuego, Phish's first studio album in nearly five years, will be released by JEMP Records on June 24. The band will celebrate the release date with a performance that evening on the Late Show with David Letterman. Phish recorded the new album with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel) last fall.

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